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Senior AD/Designer


Franklin, TN

Sep 5
Job Description

The Senior Art Director/Designer is pivotal to the pulse of our creative universe. Insatiable curiosity, with a love of idea, design, detail and the creative process infuse every part of this job. Entrusted with orchestrating the entire gamut of creative initiatives for our clients, this role transitions from concepting to the development of client presentations to production, as well as mentorship to our burgeoning internal creative team. Ensuring the delivery of awesome creative solutions, nurturing client relations, and fostering our team’s growth lie at the heart of this position.

While many agencies separate Senior Designers and Senior Art Directors, we believe that those skills are complimentary and, in many cases, the same. We are looking for someone who has the love of craft most often associated with a designer, but who also has a love for bringing big ideas to life across multiple mediums, all under that banner of a strategy that solves our client’s business problems.

Key Responsibilities

• Stewardship of Creative Excellence: Direct oversight of all creative output for clients, including the critique and refinement of works conceived by our in-house creatives and freelancers. Continual collaboration with the Executive Creative Director.

• Team & Client Relationships: You’ll work closely with Account Executive(s) to allocate creative resources for designated projects and engage directly with clients to unlock insights, articulate compelling concepts, and lead the creative direction of your team’s clients.

• Leadership: You’ll lead the creative development for the clients your team manages. Regularly rendezvous with the Account Executive to make sure client requirements, timelines, and overall progress are on track for our clients.

• Concepts!: Ideas drive our work. A big part of this job is driving conceptual development, in collaboration with the team, ensuring innovation and originality at every turn. You’ll need to be able to craft and present visual work with strong conceptual thinking and strategic rationale.

• Identity: Create boundary-pushing identity systems and brand applications (digital, print, environmental, packaging, experiential) in a collaborative environment; you will often lead these projects and will hold responsibility for the executed design deliverables, including art direction of other designers.

• Brand Guidelines: You’ll need to understand and execute usable brand guidelines for our clients.

• Design: Use and expand your design skills across a wide range of aesthetic styles

• Raise the Bar: We believe everyone who works at FMS should make us better.

Must Haves

• Hard Skills: Mastery over the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, with a keen focus on Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and XD. Enough mastery of PowerPoint to make a beautiful presentation. Understanding of video production and motion design.

• A thorough knowledge of print production

• An understanding of how to connect creativity and strategy

• Experience collaborating with web developers

• Commitment to knowing and understanding our clients and our industry.

• Ability to successfully manage multiple projects at the same time in a fast-paced environment

• Experience building brand identity systems and the ability to work well within already established brand standards

• The ability to teach yourself new things and learn new programs never goes out of style.

• Soft Skills: A dynamic blend of dedication, self-motivation, leadership prowess, eloquent communication, professionalism, creativity, and the confidence to present and defend creative concepts.

Bonus Points:

• Illustration
• UI design experience
• Motion / Animation
• Copywriting


At least 5 years in graphic design and/or art direction, preferably within a fast-paced agency environment.

Working Hours & Travel:

• While the essence of this role gravitates towards an in-office presence to facilitate spontaneous creative magic, FMS embraces flexibility. Both scheduled and unscheduled remote stints are welcomed.

• Wanderlust Alert: Gear up for travel at least 6-8 times a year, as this role will include journeys to on board new clients and captain video shoots, among other things.

What We Offer

• Competitive salary
• Health, dental and vision insurance
• Paid time off
• Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
• Company-provided equipment (laptop, monitor, software, etc)
• 401K benefits after 30 days of employment

Application Details

Please include resume and pdf or url with work samples in your inquiry.


FMS is a niche marketing firm specializing in building brands for companies in the banking and financial services space. Based in Franklin, Tennessee, we’re a full-service firm that provides branding, strategic marketing, media and consulting services. Visit us at to see our work, get to know our close-knit team, and gather additional insights into our purpose, beliefs and culture.